Rep. Jon Hardister Files Bill to Make Guilford County Board of Education Non-Partisan
Raleigh, NC – Today Rep. Jon Hardister (R-Guilford, Majority Whip) filed HB 182 – Guilford County Board of Education / Non-Partisan Election – which would revert the Guilford County Board of Education elections to non-partisan. Reps. John Faircloth (R-Guilford), Amos Quick (D-Guilford) and Ashton Clemmons (D-Guilford) joined Hardister as primary sponsors of the bill.
Guilford County Board of Education elections were non-partisan until the General Assembly passed legislation in 2013 that changed the races to partisan. This legislation would revert the races to non-partisan.
“Many teachers, parents and students have suggested that we revert these elections to non-partisan,” Hardister said. “While partisan politics is a natural element of our society, we don’t need partisan labels on our school board races. Members of the school board should focus on improving education outcomes for children and preparing them for the future.”
“This legislation is in response to feedback that we have received from constituents in Guilford County,” Faircloth said. “While partisan politics is a reality in our society, it shouldn’t be part of the conversation related to public education.”
“Having served on the Guilford County Board of Education when it was non-partisan, I can attest to the fact that partisan politics have no place in the administration of our schools,” Quick said. “The goal of those who serve should always collectively be the best interest of students, staff and families, not towing the party line.”
“Our children deserve a school board where everyone is on the same team – theirs,” Clemmons said. “Returning to a non-partisan school board sharpens our focus to working together to solve the critical issues in our schools.”